On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the GOP plans to introduce a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare the week after they come back from recess.
It means that Monday, February 27 would be the earliest day to introduce it.
USA Today gave a preview of what Ryan said the replacement bill would include.
He said the replacement bill would give consumers the power to choose their own health care plans in a more competitive marketplace. Ryan indicated that tax credits for consumers are likely to replace the government subsides currently provided to about 85% of Americans who purchase their health coverage from the Obamacare exchanges.
Unfortunately, he conceded that Democrats are not going to get on board.
“They want to go down the socialized medicine path,” Ryan said, referring to some Democrats’ support for a “public option” that would create a government-run health insurance agency to compete with private companies. “That is not something we’re interested in doing.”
It does not come as a surprise. For the entire Trump presidency thus far, Democrats have been boycotting hearings for nominees and playing partisan politics.
It is bad enough having Democrats that will not support the effort, but even worse when some GOP members are skeptical about repealing Obamacare.
Ryan acknowledged that Senate Republicans in more than a dozen states that expanded their Medicaid programs with federal help under Obamacare are worried about working-class families losing their coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
I am looking forward seeing what the bill has to offer. Every GOP member should be in support of repeal and replace because they made a promise to their constituents to stop Obamacare.
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